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The newest Crossover based on the Jazz platform

Honda unveiled the WR-V Crossover last year in Brazil. The compact SUV made its world premiere at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show 2016 which commenced from the second week of November.

We all know the demand for Crossovers and SUV’s in the Indian market and the compact SUV segment is flooded with many brand new products. So it was quite obvious that Honda would have introduced this new Crossover too in the Indian market as well after its launch in the markets of Brazil and some other countries in South America.

The car was also caught a couple of times testing on the road with full camouflage. For all your information this newest Crossover WR-V is based on the Jazz hatchback platform and is the same car under the hood. It will make it to the Indian market as well to take on some other sub-compact Crossovers.

Update 16.03.2017:- Honda Launched the WR-V Crossover in India today. The newest Crossover joins the Honda lineup and is made available with both diesel and petrol drivetrains. The overview article has been updated with all the information.

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  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Transmission:
    5 speed
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    90 @ 6000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    110 @ 4800
  • Displacement:
    1.2 L (Est.)
  • Price:
    871000
  • Price:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    7.8/10

EXTERIOR

Unlike some other Cross hatchbacks of its segment, the Honda WR-V gets some significant updates which has helped it get an entirely new identity. Towards the front, the WR-V features a raised bonnet while the thick chrome grille somehow reminds us of the new City. Besides the revised hood and grille the headlamp cluster too has been redesigned as well and also gets integrated LED daytime running lamps. To make the Crossover slightly beefier the WR-V also features a sculpted bumper which also houses round shaped fog lamps. There are also silver finished scuff plates. Just like the front profiles the side profile too features larger 16-inch wheels wrapped with 195/60 profile tyres.

Just like the front and side profile the rear profile too has been heavily modified as well as it gets different appearing L-shaped taillamps. The rear bumper too has been amended as well along with new bumpers and slightly modified tailgate.

OVERALL DIMENSION

Overall Length (mm) 3999
Overall Width (mm) 1734
Overall Height (mm) 1601
Wheelbase (mm) 2555

INTERIOR

Unlike the exterior which looks completely different than the Jazz hatchback upon which the car is based, the interior does not look too different than the standard Jazz hatchback. However, the WR-V interior gets additional chrome garnish which adds a premium finish to the overall cabin. Additionally, the WR-V hatchback gets a sunroof, the Digipad touchscreen infotainment system which is also available in the City sedan.

For the convenience of the occupants inside the WR-V also gets a front centre armrest and also a reversing camera with multiple views. The WR-V does miss out on the Jazz hatchbacks multi-folding ‘magic seats.

DRIVETRAIN

The WR-V is offered in two variants, S and VX variants and with both petrol as well as diesel drivetrain options. Powering the petrol variant is the same 1.2 Litre i-VTEC petrol unit which is capable of producing about 90 Ps of peak power at 6000 rpm and 110 Nm of peak torque at 4800 rpm. The engine paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. The diesel variant, on the other hand, gets the same 1.5 Litre 4 Cylinder, DOHC i-DTEC unit which is capable of producing about 100 ps of peak power at 3600 rpm and 200 NM of torque at 1750 rpm. The diesel unit is paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Honda claims that the petrol and diesel variants can return fuel efficiency figures of 17.5 km/l for the petrol variant and 25.5 km/l for the diesel variant, respectively.

DRIVETRAIJN SPECIFICATION

Petrol Diesel
Type 4 Cylinder, SOHC i-VTEC 4 Cylinder, DOHC i-DTEC
Displacement(CC) 1199 1498
No. of Valves 16 16
Power (PS @ rpm) 90@6000 100@3600
Torque (NM @ rpm) 110@4800 200@1750
Fuel Efficiency (kmpl)* 17.5 25.5

SAFETY FEATURES

The WR-V gets dual airbags towards the front along with anti-lock braking, electronic brake distribution standard across the range.

PRICE

The Honda WR-V 1.2 i-VTEC Petrol prices:

Honda WR-V S INR 7.75 Lakhs
Honda WR-V VX INR 8.99 Lakhs

The Honda WR-V 1.5 i-DTEC Diesel prices:

Honda WR-V S INR 8.79 Lakhs
Honda WR-V VX INR 9.99 Lakhs

COMPETITION

Fiat Avventura Urban Cross

Fiat introduced the Urban Cross at the 2016 Auto Expo and launched it after few months. The Urban Cross gets LED optical tail guides towards the rear while towards the side profile it gets bigger 17-inch alloy wheels and side ORVM’S also gets integrated side turn indicators. Under the hood, it gets the 1.4 Litre T jet petrol engine which also powers the Abarth Avventura Crossover and is capable of producing a good 140 PS of peak power at 5,500 rpm and 210 Nm of peak torque at between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm. The engine paired to a 5-speed manual transmission.

CONCLUSION

The Honda WR-V is the first sub-4 meter Crossover from Honda which will help the Japanese Auto manufacturer to boost some sales because their other Crossover the BR-V definitely neither did not impress the Indian crowd much after its launch. The Cross hatchback looks loaded with features and although this is the beefier variant of the Jazz hatchback it gets slightly more interior space than the standard hatchback.

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    • Not much of change compared to the hatchback variant

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